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The culture wars are over and the idiots have won. This is a veteran journalist’s caustically funny, righteously angry lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States.

The three Great Premises of Idiot America: · Any theory is valid if it sells books, soaks up ratings, or otherwise moves units; anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough; "fact" is that which enough people believe. And "truth" is determined by how fervently they believe it.

Charles Pierce has led a career-long quest to separate the smart from the pap, and now it’s time to try and salvage the Land of the Enlightened, buried somewhere in this new Home of the Uninformed. With his razor-sharp wit and erudite reasoning, Pierce delivers a gut-wrenching, side-splitting lament about the glorification of ignorance in the United States and how a country founded on intellectual curiosity has deteriorated into a nation of simpletons more apt to vote for an American Idol contestant than a presidential candidate.

With Idiot America, Pierce’s thunderous denunciation is also a secret call to action, as he hopes that, somehow, being intelligent will stop being a stigma and that pinheads will once again be pitied, not celebrated.

©2009 Charles P. Pierce (P)2011 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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“A raucous rant against the armies of the right…. Pierce is at his scathing, insightful best.” ( Boston Globe)

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Full of biased rant

I consider myself a liberal, but the way the author expresses his clearly biased opinion turns me off, with every little shot he takes at political figures from the other side. If you enjoy that sort of poo slinging, this might be a fun book; but I suspect for most of us, even the most liberal minded, this is beneath us.

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Great book, but too true

This is an amazing account of the demise of intelligence in America. This tells about how Americans are easily bamboozled by charlatans. Pierce talks about how the far right Christians have eschewed science for creationism that they often re-label intelligent design. There is nothing intelligent about it.

I'm sad thinking about how much worse we've gotten since this book was written.

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a great book

I would love to hear what Pierce has to say about our current situation. In a way, this books where we are now.

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Explains How We Got to the 2016 Election

Mr. Pierce touches on subjects that divide our nation. So if you're too sensitive, avoid this book. Hot topics, like climate change and conservative talk shows, are brought up. He's highly critical, but rightfully so in many cases. Even if you disagree with him, is worth the opportunity for another POV.

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The funniest scariest book you will ever read

If ever there was a more prescient book, I've not read it. Think about today.

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Loved It

A must read for all Americans. A reality slap that we all need. Also gives you a good laugh. (:

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Excellent

Funny, informative, articulate, opinionated but not pushing his opinion on you. Can't wait for his next book.

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rudder stuck hard to port

First Bronson Pinchot is the best reader. it's worth listening to anything he reads. as someone who considers himself conservative this book allowed me to visit the smug lefts self indulging superiority complex that recently allowed its headlong run off the cliff.

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Started out slow

The book started out slow and rambled, but the further in it got, the better it got and the more factual information began to become clear. For a while, I wondered if this was simply a Democrat beating up on Republicans, but it eventually came back full circle when it got to the time of the Obama administration.

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  • JT
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Even more relevant today.

Excellent coverage of the idiots on the political right, but thin coverage on the political left.